Lichen is usually cited as an example of ‘symbiosis’ in plants where an algal and a fungal species live together for their mutual benefit. Which of the following will happen if algal and fungal partners are separated from each other?

(a) Both will survive and grow normally and independent of each other.

(b) Algal components will survive while the fungal component will die.

(c) Both will die

(d) The Fungal component will survive while the algal partner will die.

Based on the answer, how do you justify this association as symbiosis?

Answers (1)

Ans. Option(c) is the correct, i.e. both will die.

Explanation: The process of ‘symbiosis’ explains that the plant and the fungus which are growing together depend on each other for nutrients and if they are bound to get separated, they will both die because they are codependent.

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